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New Baltic Dance'17: Jonas & Lander

14th of May 8.30 PM, Arts Printing House, Black Hall

Jonas & Lander (Portugal


Choreographers: Jonas Lopes and Lander Patrick
Performed by: Jonas Lopes and Lander Patrick, Lewis Seivwright
Costume design: Carlota Lagido from ideas by Jonas&Lander
Light design: Carlos Ramos
Digital animation: Web4Humans
Sound design: Lander Patrick
Management: [PI] Produções Independentes | Tânia M. Guerreiro
Co-production: Teatro Maria Matos and Centro Cultural Vila Flor

Premiere: 2017
Duration: 60 min

We're all
We are all like little fishes
Inside a small ball made of glass
And God
GOD IS like a shark
who's in charge of us, I guess

Jonas&Lander recently discovered there’s a new species of octopus. It’s very small and as it looks harmless and fragile, it inevitably arouses a sense of empathy. Actually, it looks so adorable that science is thinking of calling it Octopus Adorabilis. This designation, which is contrary to science’s usual empirical naming process, drove Jonas&Lander to investigate incoherence as the genesis of human discourse as well as tensions in nature between rigorous exactitude and eschatology. Taking an octopus as a symbol of multiplicity, Jonas&Lander decided to create an octopus-styled dance aimed at ingesting, digesting and regurgitating diverse cultural and natural references. With a brain in every tentacle, Octopus Adorabilis uses its body, along with light and sound, as independent elements that impact behaviour and the reaction of its interpreters, just as hunger, temperature and sexual instinct affect animal decisions.

“In Adorabilis, we experience a reaction to a frenetic and automated world controlled by an adorable digital Big Brother.”

Lander Patrick (Brasil, born in 1989) has worked around the world with people he admires, such as Luís Guerra, Tomaz Simatovic, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Jonas Lopes and others. He won two awards in choreography: 1st prize at the Koreografskih Minijatura Festival (Serbia) for Noodles Never Break When Boiled and 2nd prize at the No Ballet International Choreography Competition (Germany) for Cascas d’OvO (“EggShells”). It was selected for Aerowaves Priority Company 2014 and his work has been presented in many countries of Europe, also USA, Brazil. He lives in Lisbon in a camper van with his love and believes that vegetarianism will contribute to the prolonged existence of our planet.

Jonas Lopes attended Chapitô school, where he spent three years with teachers like Sofia Neuparth, Amélia Bentes, and António Pires. He participated in an artistic residency in Italy, completed an internship on the stage of the São Luiz theatre. Upon completion of his studies, he emigrated to London. Nostalgic for Portuguese olive oil, he returned to Lisbon to record Rosa Negra's album Fado Mutante, released in 2011 and winner of the 2012 Carlos Paredes award. He is admitted to Escola Superior de Dança, where he begins to create his own work in collaboration with Lander Patrick.

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